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SpaceX rocket landing photo and videos released.

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  • SpaceX rocket landing photo and videos released.

    On January the 12th SpaceX launched one of their Falcon 9 rockets, carrying on of their own Dragon capsules, on a resupply mission to the International Space Station. During the mission they also attempted to recapture their first stage, in a technological development that they hope will result in a reusable that could potentially significantly reduce the price of going to space.

    The landing attempt was a near success, and we heard reports on twitter that the rocket managed to touch down on the drone ship in the Atlantic, but that it was a near miss resulting in a crash. The drone ship was partially damaged. However the photos and a video has now been recovered.

    Elon Musk's Twitter
    "Ship itself is fine. Some of the support equipment on the deck will need to be replaced..." 11:10 AM - 10 Jan 2015
    "Didn't get good landing/impact video. Pitch dark and foggy. Will piece it together from telemetry and ... actual pieces." 11:15 AM - 10 Jan 2015
    "Grid fins worked extremely well from hypersonic velocity to subsonic, but ran out of hydraulic fluid right before landing." 6:17 PM - 10 Jan 2015
    "Upcoming flight already has 50% more hydraulic fluid, so should have plenty of margin for landing attempt next month." 6:19 PM - 10 Jan 2015
    "Next rocket landing on drone ship in 2 to 3 weeks w way more hydraulic fluid. At least it shd explode for a diff reason." 4:07 PM - 16 Jan 2015

    He also confirmed that the hydralic system was an open system, since a closed loop would have weighed more as it requires a pump. Though I've been unable to locate that message.

    Video of the Crash: https://vine.co/v/OjqeYWWpVWK




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    "Upcoming flight already has 50% more hydraulic fluid, so should have plenty of margin for landing attempt next month." 18.19 - 10. jan. 2015
    "Hydraulics are usually closed, but that adds mass vs short acting open systems. F9 fins only work for 4 mins. We were ~10% off." 22.13 - 10. jan. 2015

    Its going to be interesting to see if they make it next month. If they do, it could mark a new era of space exploration as they'll be able to significantly improve the cost of travelling to space.

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      Originally posted by Leonhard View Post
      Its going to be interesting to see if they make it next month. If they do, it could mark a new era of space exploration as they'll be able to significantly improve the cost of travelling to space.
      It sounds like this is becoming a matter of 'when' not 'if.
      I'm not here anymore.

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